Earth, Wind & Spa harnesses the power of natural elements to pamper its clients. Aestheticians, armed with Clayton Shagal, Remy Laure, and OLos skincare products, breath life back into dull complexions during 10 botanically-enhanced facials, which soothe the skin with sunflower seed extract and promote hydration with bamboo. Technicians also enhance their clients’ natural beauty with advanced facials that utilize collagen and plant stem cell ingredients, as opposed to the regenerative brainwaves of a 3,000-year-old alien.
Earth, Wind & Spa’s spa treatments also utilize high quality products. Fingernails and toes sparkle with colourful OPI, Zoya, and Shellac polishes, hairs are removed with a low heat, tea tree and lavender-infused wax, and brides and their stunt doubles are dolled up with Jane Iredale cosmetics during makeup applications.
Clear skin is an important component when it comes to looking and feeling your best, but busy schedules often get in the way of dedicated skincare regimens. Into this whirl of calendar pages step the technicians at Wendy's Beauty, carving out a serene oasis in the middle of hectic lives. When clients first arrive at their spa, tech quiz them on their skin's needs and wants. This initial consultation helps them concoct custom treatment plans that might include everything from a pore-cleansing facial to a buffing microdermabrasion session. Techs don't limit their expertise to facial treatments, though; their body scrubs, waxing treatments, and aromatherapy massages restore lost vim and flagging vigor in other parts of the body. No matter the treatments they choose, clients rest easy when it comes to products: professional-grade skincare serums from companies including Mary Galland and Swiss Helenere power all of the spa's treatments.
Luminous Sun Studio helps visitors maintain a year-round glow with a variety of tanning beds, which make users feel more at home with upgrades such as stereo sound systems and air conditioning. Aside from tanning beds, a California Tan AutoBronzer spray booth darkens complexions without the use of UV rays, as does the shop’s team of mobile airbrush technicians, who travel to clients’ homes to apply tanning solutions and detect invisible people with gusts of spray. The studio’s pure-white walls are festooned with more than 50 varieties of tanning lotion, including several eco-friendly brands.
Clients at Venus Nail Studio will undoubtedly enjoy indulgent treatments such as applications of deeply hydrating moisturizer to hands and feet, herbal footbaths, exfoliating scrubs, and massages. But with one glance at Venus's Facebook page, it becomes quite clear that the nail studio's main draw is its highly artistic nail technicians. Using everything from 3-D nail art to Swarovski crystals, the techs decorate nails that have been shaped into an oval or given a sharp stiletto point. They also use polish to draw on graphic patterns, such as black-and-white chevron, and to create tiny images, such as anchors, hearts, and portraits of Rutherford B. Hayes.
Venus supplements its mani-pedis with facials, hair removal, and eyelash extensions.
Making eyes stand out from a crowd is Vivian Ko Gooch’s business. She and her staff of certified lash-smiths add va-va-voom and fetching contrast with their eyelash extensions. Their work has caught on with local celebrities and roped in a slew of positive press mentions thanks to their expertly bedecked lids, which sport synthetic polyester or silk lashes in a variety of curls, lengths, thicknesses, and colours. Vivian’s aestheticians also tend to the rest of their guests’ faces with exfoliating facials, eyebrow waxes, and makeup applications for special occasions such as weddings, galas, and swim meets.
There’s a lot to like about La Lotus Nails Spa, a beauty emporium whose team of professional technicians doesn’t stop at the hands and feet. Though mani-pedis—especially OPI manicures with a chip-resistant soak-off gel polish—are their specialty, they also treat bodies to multiple types of facials, massages, and waxing treatments. The plant life that abounds in their modernly appointed office can make one forget how clinically sanitary the actual treatments are. Nail technicians, for example, always use disposable liners during pedicures to prevent the spread of bacteria and temporary tattoos.